Dr. Jelle Creemers

Dr. Jelle Creemers

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Religious Studies & Missiology | Post-Doctoral Researcher FWO

e: jelle.creemers@etf.edu

w: http://etfleuven.academia.edu/JelleCreemers

Education, degrees
  • 2014: Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies (Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven)
  • 2013: Certificate NOSTER-programme (Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion)
  • 2005: Kandidaat in Philosophy (KU Leuven)
  • 2002: Aggregaat voor Protestants Godsdienstonderwijs in de hogere graad  (ETF, Leuven)
  • 2002: Licentiaat in de godgeleerdheid (M.Th.) (ETF, Leuven)
Academic positions and teaching experience
  • 2018-2019: Vice Dean (Education), ETF Leuven; member of Executive Team
  • 2018-: Deputy Chairman of Department Religious Studies & Missiology, ETF Leuven
  • 2018-2021: Postdoctoral Research Fellow of FWO-Vlaanderen (renewal, PT)
  • 2017-: Associate Professor of Religious Studies, ETF Leuven
  • 2015-2018: Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)
  • 2014-2017: Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, ETF Leuven
  • 2005-2014: Assistant in Systematic Theology, ETF Leuven
  • 2001-2012: Teacher Protestant-Evangelical Religion in Primary and Secondary Education (tenure at Royal Atheneum, Keerbergen)
  • 2002-2003: Seminary teacher, Baptist Theological Seminary of Malawi, Lilongwe
Academic memberships
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR/SISR)
  • European Association for the Study of Religion
  • BABEL – Belgische Associatie voor de studie van religies
  • Societas Oecumenica – the European Society for Ecumenical Research (Standing Committee member 2014-2018)
  • GloPent: European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism
  • Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER)
Selected Bibliography

Books

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • ‘We All Share the Same Values, Right? How Institutionalization of Religions in Belgium Promotes Secular Liberal Values’. In Religion and State in Secular Europe Today. Theoretical Perspectives and Case Studies, edited by Jelle Creemers and Hans Geybels, 137–50. Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia 79. Leuven: Peeters, 2019.
  • With Hans Geybels. ‘Religion and State in Europe Today: The Challenge of Assertive Secular Ideology?’ In Religion and State in Secular Europe Today. Theoretical Perspectives and Case Studies, edited by Jelle Creemers and Hans Geybels, 1–11. Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia 79. Leuven: Peeters, 2019.
  • “Protestanten verenigd voor of door de Staat? Onderhandelingen over de afbakening van een erkende eredienst in België (1999-2002).” Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid2 (2018): 5–18. https://doi.org/10.5553/TvRRB/187977842018009002002.
  • “We Are (Kind of) Protestants Too! Self-Categorization of Free Church Evangelicals in Communications with the Belgian Authorities (1992-1997).” Journal of Church and State 61, no. 1 (2018): 41–58.
  • “Ecumenical Recognition and Reception in Free Church Perspective.” In Just Do It!? Recognition and Reception in Ecumenical Relations. Proceedings of the 19th Academic Consultation of the Societas Oecumenica, 59–64. Beihefte zur Ökumenischen Rundschau 117. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2018.
  • “All Together in One Synod? The Process of Structural Unification of Evangelical Free Churches in Belgium (1985-1998).” Trajecta: Religion, Culture and Society in the Low Countries 26, no. 1 (2017): 275–302.
  • “Belgium.” In Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation, edited by Mark A. Lamport, 1:64–67. Washington, D.C.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
  • “Oecumenische dialogen tussen katholieken, evangelischen en pentecostals: uitdagingen en mogelijkheden.” Perspectief 35 (2017): 36–54.
  • “Can Hard Questions Soften Relations? Some Observations on Dialogical Method in the International Roman Catholic-Classical Pentecostal Dialogue.” In Pathways for Ecclesial Dialog in the Twenty-First Century: Revisiting Ecumenical Method, edited by Mark Chapman and Miriam Haar, 43–56. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.
  • “The Church and Its Characteristics in the Document The Church (2013) of the WCC’ Commission on Faith and Order. A Constructive Critique from an Evangelical Free Church Perspective.” In Catholicity under Pressure: The Ambiguous Relationship Between Diversity and Unity. Proceedings of the 18th Academic Consultation of the Societas Oecumenica, edited by Dagmar Heller and Péter Szentpétery, 323–334. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2016.
  • “An Evangelical Response to ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision.’” Ecclesiology 34, no. 3 (2016): 316–330.
  • “Ecumenical Recognition and Reception in Free Church Perspective.” Perspectief 34 (2016): 44–49.
  • “Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drum: Classical Pentecostals in Ecumenical Dialogue.” Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 35, no. 1 (2015).
  • “Evangelical Free Churches and State Support in Belgium: Praxis and Discourse from 1987 to Today.” Trajecta 2015, no. 1 (2015): 177–204.
  • “Rooms-katholieke kerk en klassieke pinksterbeweging – Unieke en gedurfde international dialoog” in: Tussenruimte: Tijdschrift voor interculturele theologie (2013/3).
  • “Local Dialogue as a Means to Ecumenical Reception: The International and Dutch Pentecostal-Catholic Dialogues in Close-up” in Exchange 42, no. 4 (2013), 366-384.
  • “The Intertwined Problems of Representation and Reception in Pentecostal Ecumenical Involvement: a Case Study.” One in Christ 46 (2011), 142-161.
  • “Leven in het Koninkrijk van God: (ont)spannend?.” In: Thomas, J., and Hausoul, R. Je bent jong en je wilt God. Heerenveen: Medema, 2010.
  • “Time will teach us… Reflections on thirty-five years of Pentecostal – Roman Catholic Dialogue.” Ecclesiology 5 (2009), 322-344.
  • “Katholiek en vrij: kerkzijn in vrijkerkelijk perspectief.” In: De Mey, P., De Witte, P. (eds.), De K van kerk. De pluriformiteit van katholiciteit. Antwerpen: Halewijn, 2009, 123-132.
  • “Er is maar één Geest. Nederlandse katholieken en pinksterchristenen 10 jaar in dialoog.” Perspectief 2/2 (2009).
  • “Ambt en apostoliciteit: de koppeling van apostoliciteit en ambt voor, in en na het verschijnen van de Lima ambtstekst (1982).” In: Pieter Boersema e.a. (ed.). Gezag in beweging. Kerkelijk leiderschap tussen tekst en context. Heerenveen: Protestantse Pers, 2008, 19-36.
  • “Scheiden doet lijden… een inleiding in de kerkelijke zoektocht naar haar ware zelf.” In: Tymen van der Ploeg e.a. (ed.). Met beide benen op de grond: Balans van de verhouding Rome – Reformatie. ICS-cahiers 48. Amsterdam: Buijten & Schipperheijn Motief, 2008.

Review Articles

  • Review of ‘Christopher A. Stephenson: Types of Pentecostal Theology; Wolfgang Vondey (ed.): Pentecostalism and Unity Volume Two; Cecil M. Robeck e.a. (ed.): The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism’ in Ecclesiology 13 (2017), 154-157.
  • Review of ‘William K. Kay & Anne E. Dyer (ed.): European Pentecostalism’ in Ecclesiology 10, no. 1 (January 2014), 119-121.
  • Review of ‘Johannes Oeldemanne.a. (ed.): Dokumente wachsender Übereinstimmung’ in One in Christ 47, no. 1 (2013).
  • Review of ‘Stefan Höschele: Interchurch and Interfaith Relations. Seventh-day Adventist Statements and Documents’ in One in Christ 46, no. 2 (2012).
  • Review of Donald McGee: Miracles, Missions and American Pentecostalism. Ecclesiology 9.1 (2013), 141-143.
  • Review of Wolfgang Vondey: Pentecostalism and Christian Unity. Ecclesiology 8.1 (2012), 126-129.
  • Review of Guy Liagre: Belgisch Protestantisme in Perspectief. Collationes 41.4 (2011).
  • Review of ‘Keith Warrington: Pentecostal theology: a theology of encounter. Ecclesiology 7.1 (2011), 133-135.

Academic Presentations (2013-)

  • “What is ‘Our’ Mission in this Secular Context? Conflicting Self-Understandings of the Recognized Protestant Minority in Belgium,” International Association for Mission Studies – Europe conference (Sankt Augustin, 25 August 2019).
  • “How secularity is redefined and acted upon in Belgian public management of religion (2005-2019),” International Society for the Sociology of Religion conference (Barcelona, 11 July 2019).
  • “Combining Academic Theology with Spiritual Formation: Struggles and Strivings at ETF Leuven,” Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies Annual Conference (Osijek, 19-22 February 2019).
  • “Pockets of Resistance? Evangelical Self-Representation in the Belgian Public Sphere,” European Association for the Study of Religion (Bern, 21 June 2018).
  • “En wie het schoentje niet past? De Vlaamse erkenningscriteria voor plaatselijke kerk- en geloofsgemeenschappen en de erkende minderheidsreligies,” Open Seminarie Faculteit Kerkelijk Recht, KU Leuven (Leuven, 7 May 2018).
  •  “Mechanisms of Instrumentalization: the Growing Control of Minority Religions by the Belgian State”, EASR Conference (Leuven, 20 September 2017).
  • “Protestants United For or By the State? A Case Study in Belgium”, ISSR/SISR conference (Lausanne, 7 July 2017).
  • “Mice, Beware When Elephants Fight! Belgian Religion-State Relations and the Minority Religions”, ACPT (KU Leuven) & Logia Study Day “Religion and State: Challenges and Opportunities” (Leuven, 19 May 2017).
  • “Oecumenische dialogen tussen katholieken, evangelischen en pentecostals: uitdagingen en mogelijkheden”, KVO oecumenische studiemiddag (Nieuwkuijk, 4 November 2016).
  • “We are (kind of) Protestants too! The Struggles of Evangelical Free Churches in Belgium in View of Official Recognition by the State (1987-2003)”, ETF Doctoral Colloquium (Leuven, 5 September 2016).
  • “Ecumenical Recognition and Reception in an Evangelical Free Church Perspective”, Societas Oecumenica Consultation: Just Do It? Recognition and Reception in Ecumenical Relations (Helsinki: 26 August 2016).
  • “If You Want the Trophy, You Must Play by the Rules! State Support and Socialization of Minority Religions in Belgium”, UVic CSRS Summer Lecture (Victoria, BC, 28 June 2016).
  • “Making Friends with the Unrighteous Mammon: How Evangelical Free Churches in Belgium Redefined Themselves in View of Government Subsidies (1980-2015)” American Academy of Religion 2015 Annual Meeting (Atlanta, 22 November 2015).
  • “Loyalty to God, Trust in the State: Adaptation and Transformation in Discourse on Financial Support in Belgian Faith Mission Churches”, XXI International Association for the History of Religions World Congress (Erfurt, 29 August 2015).
  • “Official Recognition of Free Evangelical Churches in Belgium: a Historical Analysis of Juridical and Ideological Discourses”, International Society for the Sociology of Religion conference (Louvain-la-Neuve, 3 July 2015).
  • “Evangelical Free Churches and State Support in Belgium: Presentation of a New Research Project”, ETF Doctoral Colloquium (Leuven, 2 September 2014)
  • “Closing panel: an Evangelical perspective”, Societas Oecumenica consultation: Catholicity under Pressure: The Ambiguous Relationship Between Diversity and Unity (Budapest, 26 August 2014).
  • “From Weak to Strong: A Constructive Critique of Catholicity in F&O’s The Church (2013) from an Evangelical Free Church Perspective”, Societas Oecumenica consultation: Catholicity under Pressure: The Ambiguous Relationship Between Diversity and Unity (Budapest, 23 August 2014).
  • “Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drum: Classical Pentecostals in Ecumenical Dialogue”, EPCRA conference: Pentecostalism: an Ecumenical Challenge (St.-Niklausen, 26-29 June 2014).
  • “Money makes the Gospel go around… or not? Praxis and Principles in Belgian Faith Missions Churches”, NIME conference: Mission and Money (Helsinki 3-6 April 2014).
  • “Church, State, and Money: Belgian Free Evangelical Churches in Dilemma”, Journée d’étude: Entre mobilité et sédentarité: des communautés pentecõtistes et évangéliques en Belgique à l’heure de la globalisation religieuse (Liège, 14 November 2013).
  • “Réponse à Sarah Demart”, Journée d’étude: Entre mobilité et sédentarité: des communautés pentecõtistes et évangéliques en Belgique à l’heure de la globalisation religieuse (Liège, 14 November 2013).
  • “Experimenting with Theological Method: The IRCCPD as Ecumenical Test Lab”, ETF Doctoral Colloquium (Leuven, 5 September 2013)
  • “Constantinianism revisited: Belgian Free Evangelical Churches in Dilemma”, Ecclesiological Investigations conference: Religion, Authority and the State. From Constantine to the Secular and Beyond (Belgrade, 21 June 2013).
  • “Presentation of Advanced Doctoral Research”, NOSTER Algemene Opleidingsdagen (Zeist, April 8, 2013).
  • “Who can speak for Pentecostalism? A Critical Analysis of Pentecostal Representation in the International Roman Catholic-Classical Pentecostal Dialogue (1972-2006)”, GloPent conference: Pentecostalism & Politics (Heidelberg, 1 February 2013).